• Physio Therapy Centre Haywards Heath & Burgess Hill
    Physio Therapy Centre Haywards Heath
    Physio Therapy Centre 7 Delaware Road Vermont Place Haywards Heath
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    Jun

    15

    WE HAVE MOVED

    The Physio Therapy Centre is changing address location but will remain in Haywards Heath.

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    7 Delaware Road
    (Vermont Place)
    Haywards Heath
    West Sussex
    RH16 3UX

     

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    We specialise in all musculoskeletal(MSK) problems and have been looking after the people of Sussex for more than 100 years.

     

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    Haywards Heath
    7 Delaware Road
    (Vermont Place)
    Haywards Heath
    West Sussex
    RH16 3UX
    Phone: 01444 450162
    Email: mail@therapy-centre.net

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    The Triangle Leisure Centre
    Triangle Way
    Burgess Hill
    West Sussex
    RH15 8WA
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  • written by  physiotherapist Lucy Macdonald, this article appeared in the Telegraph recently. Might help to read this before you go to help get you fit for the trip

    Ski fitness: how to get fit for the slopes

    Ski fitness: how to get fit for the slopes
    Get your alignment right before your holiday and you’ll be carving a perfect ‘S’ down busy pistes

    Note: If you experience any form of discomfort or pain during any of the following exercises, stop the exercise and see a physiotherapist for help.

    Work out your biomechanics

    Be your own body’s mechanic by training it to move in the most efficient way. Start by standing in front of the mirror in shorts with feet parallel, in a skiing position and check the following:

    Knees: Look at how your knees line up. Draw an imaginary dot on the centre of your knee cap and make a vertical line down to the floor. This line should land in a central position between your second and third toe. In most people the line will drop closer to the big toe or even onto the floor between the feet.

    This means you won’t be able to carve properly on the slopes, in particular the uphill ski will not hold an edge, and it can cause problems with the knee cap joint. Do 30 reps of the corrected alignment every day, moving your knees up and out so that they are central, until it becomes your default form.

    Pelvis: Examine your body from the side. Make sure your bottom is not sticking out too much or tucked in too far. You need to find the neutral position of the pelvis, the position in which your muscles work best, keeping your upper body relaxed.

    To find the neutral stance, stick your bottom out and up so that your imaginary tail points upwards – this is one extreme of the movement. Then tuck your bottom right under, taking your imaginary tail between your legs – this is the other extreme. Your pelvic neutral is half way between these movements. Practice bending your knees into a skiing position maintaining pelvic neutrality – 30 reps every day until it feels natural.

    Weight distribution

    Your weight should be balanced over the centre of your skis. Most people sit down too much, putting excessive strain through the quads muscles and knees and taking the weight into the back of the skis, causing loss of control.

    Bend your knees into a skiing position, keeping your pelvis neutral and see where your hips move to. Stand up again and this time as you bend your knees make sure the weight is coming forwards, as if you are going to tip over. You should not have any body weight on the front of your ski boots but by balancing the weight forwards from your core you are ensuring your weight is balanced over the centre of your skis, affording maximum control and ability to turn the skis smoothly.

    Strength and power

    The quadriceps (front of your thigh) and gluteal muscles (back of your thigh) are the main power muscles used during skiing. These can be trained with exercises such as lunges, split squats, step ups, deep squats and cycling. Try not to use wall squats, which can translate into skiing with weight on the heels.

    Quads training is an often neglected element of strength. The quads work in two ways on the slopes. Not only do they help straighten the knee but also control it from a straight position into a bent position.This slow release is called eccentric strengthening and is a fundamental part of ski training. (The quads are not worked eccentrically in cycling – it is the hamstrings that bend the knee when cycling.) Doing step downs off a step is a perfect way of working your quads eccentrically. Make sure your alignment is perfect – as stated earlier. Start with 30 reps and add weight when it begins to feel easy to do.

    Next, work the lateral hip muscles – eg, the gluteus medius. There is no sport that relies on external hip rotation as much as skiing does, so the importance of training these muscles cannot be underestimated. The ‘clam’ exercise is a classic one: lie on your side with your hips and knees in a skiing position. Keep your ankles together and your hips steady as you lift your top knee, like a clam opening and closing. You should feel the muscle working in the outside of your buttock. Repeat 30 times and then practise the same movement in a standing position, so you can learn to use those muscles while skiing.

    Once you have built up your strength and fitness, move onto propulsive movements. A good place to begin is jumping sideways on and off a step, starting with a low step and gradually making it higher – this will particularly help on steep narrow slopes where fast movements are essential. Always make sure your alignment is perfect.

    Proprioception

    This is your body’s positional sense and is particularly important for skiing in bad visibility. It’s also one of the best preventative measures when it comes to injury. Stand on one leg with your eyes closed for two minutes twice a day. Then add some small movements while you do it, such as little knee bends or brushing your teeth. Make sure you hover your hands over a stable surface to grab if you lose your balance.

    Cardiovascular fitness

    If your alignment is correct, your body works so efficiently you can get away with a lower level of cardiovascular fitness. However, for those of us still on the path to perfection, interval training is the most efficient form of cardiovascular training. Try cycling or a step machine to work some of the muscles used in skiing. Remember to build up slowly and incrementally.

    Flexibility

    Skiing does not require too much flexibility – you only really need to be flexible when you fall over. Some people might have particular muscle groups that are tight, often it’s the calfs and hips. It’s useful to stretch these areas out but remember never do static stretching before exercise – dynamic stretching is vastly superior.